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BracketBot – Sardanaphalus[edit]

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Comment/question: Could BracketBot insert an extra newline before the heading of the message it adds to a user's talkpage, please?
Thank you for a useful aid.

Sardanaphalus (talk) 10:08, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

ReferenceBot – SusunW[edit]


Page: American Indian boarding schools Diff: The ISBN I used from the book was 978-0-8061-1458-4 which matches what is printed. I checked in ISBN search and it comes up negative, so I searched Amazon and found a different ISBN which cleared the page error Comment/question: Don't know if reference will be used again, but the printed reference in the book is what I originally input. Is there a way to program Wikipedia to point the 978-0-8061-1458-4 to the correct number 978-0806117584 if someone inputs it, like I did, from the Google site? SusunW (talk) 01:04, 31 January 2015 (UTC) SusunW (talk) 01:04, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

@SusunW: So the book misprinted its own ISBN? While technically it might be possible to add a list of ISBN "redirects", I rather doubt it's common enough an occurrence to justify the huge effort, which would probably include significant changes to the Mediawiki software, not just to templates or other user-designed content. (Out of curiosity, did you check a physical copy of the book, or did you rely on Google Books' digitalization? My trust in the accuracy of scanning was recently shaken, and I'm not sure I'd consider a pattern matching error during digitalization less likely than a misprint in the physical book.) Anyway, I'll leave a note at Wikipedia talk:ISBN, but I don't really expect any positive results.
A930913, what I'm much more concerned about is that apparently the edit that caused the ISBN error was [1] while SusunW was notified about the earlier diff [2]. Huon (talk) 13:42, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks anyway. At least we got the right one on the file. I would never have known it was printed wrong in the book. And no, I have no access actual to English language books here in Mexico, only web versions. SusunW (talk) 15:46, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
I think we've come across about 3 or 4 books with a misprint in their own ISBN. It may be worth inserting an HTML comment to stop people "fixing" these, and I suppose we could also add it to AWB's list of typos -but people over there were getting a bit squiffy over the size of some of the replacement tables (for no good reason that I could see). All the best: Rich Farmbrough01:28, 3 April 2015 (UTC).
I fixed about five thousand ISBN errors in the past year or so, and I found ten or twenty instances of invalid ISBNs printed in sources. In some cases, where the invalid ISBN actually worked as a link to, I inserted an HTML comment in the citation and used a parameter to suppress the error message (since the point of the linked ISBN is the help the reader locate the source, and that function was actually working). In other cases, I replaced the ISBN with an OCLC or other identifier that leads to the book. – Jonesey95 (talk) 02:11, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

ReferenceBot – Cordless Larry[edit]


Page: Classification of ethnicity in the United Kingdom


Comment/question: I can't see a URL error in that reference - there's not a URL field used as it's a book. There was a URL error in this edit though, so perhaps you meant that one?

Cordless Larry (talk) 08:39, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

Cordless Larry: ReferenceBot should have told you that you introduced an "unsupported parameter" error by adding the parameter |publiisher=. It looks like ReferenceBot made a slight mistake. – Jonesey95 (talk) 14:26, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
Ah, thanks Jonesey95. My bad. Cordless Larry (talk) 14:34, 10 March 2015 (UTC)


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